Park Hill Park festival gets a sprinkling with fairy dust

The first Flower Fairies Festival is underway, with children’s workshops in Park Hill Park today (until 9pm) and tomorrow (11.30am to 5.30pm), while next weekend will see a performance day and the official opening of the Flower Fairy Garden.

Cicely Mary Barker Flower Fairies bookInspired by the works of Cicely Mary Barker, the festival aims to create a love of books and reading through the use of innovative play, crafts, dance and exploration in the outdoor setting of Park Hill.

The organiser, Josi Kiss, said, “By using storytellers, actors, dancers, by inviting children to explore the insect hotel and bee hive, by sending them on a park safari, by gardening and dancing in the park, the Flower Fairies Festival will open up children’s imaginations helping them reach their potential to explore history, art and the natural world through a range of different written materials, factual and fiction, books, magazines, comics or websites.”

Food is available from the Mums the Chef pop-up restaurant.

The Flower Fairies Festival has been created with support from Croydon Council, Penguin Books and the Children’s University, and links into other Cicely Mary Barker events being created to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of the artist, who lived most of her life in South Croydon.

Elm Fairy - Cicely Mary BarkerToday and next Saturday, the Festival will include a pop-up cinema in the Pavilion. “If successful we hope to hold more such movie nights in the park,” Kiss said. “It will be an informal, laid-back, homemade affair with curtains to hold back the light of the longest day of the year, carpet on the floor with bean bags for seats. It will be free, however we would appreciate donations from those attending in order to cover our costs.”

Tomorrow’s full programme includes:

12 noon to 5.30 workshops & events
Dance Workshops – Bop and Boogie & Bollywood dance (ticketed but also open to people turning up)
Morris dancing
Story-telling events – Penguin’s professional story-teller Sian Richardson. actress Evette Davis and other volunteer story-tellers
Craft workshops – including a Quilling workshop, making wings, wands, crowns, creating fairies to join the mural.
Garden tours and workshops throughout the day to learn how to plant and grow seeds, help build a bee hotel, how to create a wormery etc
Yoga – Children’s and adult yoga classes
12 to 7pm Pop up restaurant by Mums the Chef and other food vendors. The Tower Café will also be open.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

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